Being considered or labeled mentally disordered — abnormal, crazy, mad, psychotic, sick, it matters not what variant is used — is the most profoundly discrediting classificiation that can be imposed on a person today. Mental illness casts the “patient” out of our social order just as surely as heresy cast the “witch” out of medieval society, That, indeed, is the very purposes of stigma terms.

Thomas Szasz (b. 1920) Hungarian-American psychiatrist, educator
The Manufacture of Madness, ch. 12 (1970)
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